What makes a book boring? What makes a book compelling an a page tuner? These are the questions I found myself wondering before I opened the first page of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. My last book conquest ended up being a bust that I was ready to immerse myself in something new . . . something familiar. Fangirl was exactly the book I needed to break me out of my book funk.
I'm a big fan of NA/YA love stories. Fangirl had everything I enjoy in a good love story. But more on that later . . .
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
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I give this book five stars.
I absolutely adored this book! I loved everything about it.
I'm not a super huge fan of third person POV, but Rainbow Rowell had a way of making it enjoyable to read, to the point I didn't even focus on it anymore.
I'm not your typical reader. My book hang ups can be a little nit-picky at times. I'm not a huge fan of Insta-love stories, nor do I enjoy reading books that have unnecessary drama. There were times where I found Cath's character a little annoying. Her anti-social behavior was a little off-putting, but I could see why Rainbow wrote her character that way.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I feel the strained relationship with Cath's mother was dealt with perfectly. I also like how she tied up all the loose ends in regards to her relationship with Nick and Levi. I can see why so many people enjoy reading this book, because it definitely was worth checking out from my local library. The little snippets of Simon Snow books were okay, but I felt like they were too close to Harry Potter and probably weren't exactly necessary.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys NA/YA books and likes a good love-story that builds instead of instantly happens. READ THIS BOOK!
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